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BQSG introduction to Quilt Research Study Day

Thursday 14th May 2020: 10.30 – 16.00 hrs

The Quilters’ Guild Headquarters, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York Y01 7PW

Quilts can be fascinating items to study and if you have always wondered how to go about unlocking their secrets here is your chance to find out more. This is a full day workshop on how to begin quilt research. The sessions are suitable for beginners to quilt research and those wishing to gain new ideas on research techniques or who haven’t done research for a while.

On the day you will be able to learn about different approaches to studying historic and contemporary quilts and quiltmaking practice. There will be guidance on selecting a research topic, finding information, putting quilts into context and working with museums. There will also be a practical study session with the chance to examine quilts in detailfrom The Quilters’ Guild Collection, and learn how to “read” a quilt.

The study day will be led by Isabel Dibden Wright, previously Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Heather Audin, curator of The Quilters’ Guild Collection.

Information on how to find The Quilters’ Guild, including a map and travel directions, can be found at

Please complete the booking form HERE.  Spaces are limited, so early booking is advisable.

(Please note: There are no facilities for refreshments on site so please bring them with you. Due to space restrictions lunch must be taken off site, but there are many places to eat nearby).

Events held in 2020 were:-

Recent Acquisitions to the Quilters’ Guild Collection: Study Session held on Thursday 12th March 2020: 1.30 – 4.00 pm at The Quilters’ Guild, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PE. The afternoon visit was an opportunity to view some of the recent acquisitions made to the Quilters’ Guild collection. Heather Audin, the curator led this session sharing her expertise and giving valuable insight into the history and provenance of these pieces. This type of session may encourage some of you to consider some research into what you are able to study during a visit to the Guild Collection.

Events held in 2019 were:-                                        
BQSG 2019 SEMINAR was held at the Holiday Inn, Farnborough, GU14 6AZ, 25- 27 October 2019 where we heard a a wide range of very interesting papers and speakers covering many subjects. Study sessions on Friday 25 October were held at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, GU9 7DS.  Here we saw a range of items (textile and documentary) from the Crafts Study Centre’s own collection, in addition to a selection of items from the (neighbouring) Textiles Collection of UCA Farnham.  As well as items from the Muriel Rose Bequest (which feature in both collections), we were be able to take a close look at a very wide range of textiles.

How Do I Start? Where Do I Go Next? BQSG Advanced Research Day which took place on Saturday 7th Sept 2019: 10.30 – 16.00 at the John Woolman Room, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London

Exploring Research Study Day which took place on 29th June 2019  from 10:30pm to 4:00 pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

A 'Recent Acquisitions' Study Session was held on 30th March 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

Events held during 2018 were:-


with a study session and visit to St Fagan's National Museum of History


BQSG Introduction to Quilt Research Study Day was held onSaturday 1st September 2018 10.30am. - 4.00pm.

at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW  

JULY 2018

BQSG Quilt Research Study Day was held on Saturday 14th July 2018 10.00am. - 4.00pm.

at Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M13BB